If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then the Amcor portable air conditioner is the right one for you.
First, let’s talk about what BTU means as far as air conditioning goes. Don’t worry if you are not sure what a BTU is; one BTU is how much energy is required to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. When it comes to air conditioners, a BTU is the amount of thermal energy that an air conditioner unit can take out of a room.
Even though most people think otherwise, a big BTU does not help to determine which air conditioning unit is the best one. Instead, you need to match up the BTU levels to the room’s size. If you put a portable AC with a 16,000 BTU level into a tiny room, the temperature would go down way too fast keeping the AC from taking the humidity out of the air. This room would end up being either too humid or too cold.
The function of the Amcor ALTL12000EH 12000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Heat is to cool and dehumidify a room. They can also spot cool rooms or attics, or be used as fans or heaters. The big disadvantage is that they are very costly. They can be easily installed and cannot be moved around very much. The hot air has to be exhausted out through a window.
A portable ac unit comes with a foam insert and an exhaust tube. Water is drained out in a bucket or by a drainage hose through a window. They are also very heavy and bulky (50-90 pounds). They take up a space of 12 by 18 inches and are about 30 inches tall. They do have EER or energy efficiency ratings as well. A high EER number would mean that it will cost less to run this AC unit over a long period of time.
Some portable ac units are between 7500-8000 BTU and will cool up to 150-200 square foot rooms. Some have several modes of cooling and dehumidifier features. An air filter, timer, three cooling/fan speeds, and temperature display are the different features you can find on them.
If you have an area of more than 200 square feet to cool, you will need a unit of about 9000 BTU. Some of these may have an ion generator. There are two sizes which have different speeds and remote control that are 9500 and 11,500 BTU.
There is also a drip container to hold any condensation. Some have 10000 BTU for 250 square feet, two speed fans, a remote control, washable charcoal filter to take care of odor, and a handy 8 hour timer.